Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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89
very good

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Reviews: 874
Hads: 1,515
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 59
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of seagis
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, let me say that stout in general is probably my favorite type of beer.

That being said, Young's Double Chocolate Stout was my favorite stout until I found Lion Stout. This has to be some of the best stuff ever put into a bottle. :-)

It pours a reasonable amount of head, even though I poured it rather slowly (it took me close to 2 minutes to fill a pint glass.) It poured to a totally opaque black color, with a very pleasant aroma. There was a hint of what I detected as raisins, but my wife and children all smelled coffee. To each his (or her) own, I suppose.

Very nice mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not light enough to think that this was someone's first attempt at stout, either. It retains it's light raisinesque flavor, but it expands to a deeper flavor as it goes down. A very nice finish, having a small note of caramel on the very end.

A truly pleasing drink. If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of this stuff, I heartily recommend it. (979 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours into my Blackstone pint glass with a thick foamy brownish-white head and a dark black opaque body. Nearly perfect for a stout, leaving even a nice bit of lacing on the top of the head as it begins to dissipate. And that was on a _gentle_ pour.

Smell is very nice, with the expected coffee and chocolate notes very prevalent, with no noticeable hops in the nose. Slight hint of raisins in the background. Despite the high alcohol, I'm not getting any astringency in the nose -- I'll try to taste and see if it's present.

It's present, but not overwhelming. A very nice taste here, as there is some tart sweetness (sort of like the raisins I mentioned above) in the taste here that helps to balance out the astringency. It's also pretty sweet, like a sweet stout, which makes this very enjoyable to me.

Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected for a stout (particularly one with this abv), so I'm giving it a slightly lower score. Still, carbonation is moderate and the head sticsk around so well that this is quite enjoyable, just more like a thick porter than a stout.

Overall, I find this quite drinkable. Not nearly sweet enough to be cloying, but very nicely balanced and very enjoyable. I got this for $10.99 for a six-pack, and for the value I may be buying again and again. Might be my favorite stout. (1,393 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a solid, deep jet black color. Almost reminds me of roofing tar. There is a huge layer of brown, cappuccino-colored foam that seems to last longer than the beer itself. When I first cracked open the bottle, I caught a wiff of red wine. Maybe that was just the alcohol content. After I pour, I notice an immense smell of chocolate. Sort of like some kind of chocolate/mocha flavored cappuccino. The taste is very good. Roasted and chocolately up front, with just a little bit of a hop kick towards the end. Finishes smooth. It has a slight warming effect at 8.0%. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, but yet its surprisingly easy to drink. Tasty brew here, definitly a good session beer. (696 characters)

Photo of crwills
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is marketed as "Sinha Stout," rather than "Lion Stout" in Ontario, although I'm pretty sure it's the same thing (I bought it at an LCBO in Toronto, so YMMV).

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with some orangish highlights when held up to the light. My pour resulted in a billowing mocha head that stuck around for a nice long time, and left residue as I drank it.

Smell is very nice, if a bit simplistic (or maybe that's just my nose!) -- caramel, coffee, chocolate, and cherries.

Mouthfeel surprised me, as it was lighter and fresher than I expected for such a strong, dark beer. However, I found it matched the flavour of the beer very well.

Flavour is malts, coffee, ear-warming alcohol, lots of hay, with some planty and earthy elements. Some bitterness creeps in to compete with the sweetness of this beer's odour and initial taste, which makes the flavour much more complex and enjoyable in my mind.

At 8% ABV, this beer is extremely, dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content. I could easily sit down and have three or four without even thinking about it -- and then fall on the floor when I tried to stand up again. Might be worth it though -- one of my favourite stouts so far! (1,215 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are no confirmed reports of melanistic (black) lions, either in the wild or captivity (http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/black.html). Well, I found one: this Lion is jet black with a huge, rocky head that lasts forever. Oh, and it had a cat hair in it, but I'll blame that on my new kitten and not the Lion. Smell is surprisingly subdued, with a gentle roasted character. The taste, though, explodes with delicious bitter roastedness that's smooth as can be. Just a hint of plums/raisins. What a great beer. I might move to Sri Lanka. (538 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan head thats rocky but shortlived. It recedes to a persistent cap that coats the glass with lace. The aroma is of sweet milk chocolate and Cappacino. The taste is very chocolatey and complex. Powdered cocoa blends with dark and white chocolate in the front. Theres a pleasant coffee bitterness in the back as well as some powdered milk and dark fruit (plums, prunes). A bittersweet finish lingers forever. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thinner than I expected.

This is a great foreign stout. Its a little sweet for my taste but its still way less sweet (and way more complex) than the caribean examples Ive tried. I highly recommend. (679 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a well-kept bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa and plum. Flavor is again sweet, but lacks a serious malt profile that is warranted for an 8% ABV stout. Where's the beef? Tastes good enough and is a fairly easy drinker, but lacks complexity and anything to balance the chocolate sweetness and the mildly warming alcohol effect. Though it's full bodied, I expected something with a heartier flavor profile. Despite the bubbly head, carbonation on the palate is quite low. Still, not too shabby, especially if you truly dig stouts. (556 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A dark cola pour with a sudsy tan head that develops. No visible carbonation noted. No light gets through this one and it appears well filtered.

Smell: Just a touch of dry roasted malts here. Not much going on.

Taste: Starts out dry and then turns pleasantly sweet. Hints of carob, walnuts, and dark grains are noted. Finishes dry and leaves a coffee-type aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch creamy.

Drinkability: Very solid. Nothing over the top but very well done. Just a touch of alcohol on the palate which deserves respect. A nice one to enjoy the cooler weather with. Recommended. (690 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a huge tan head. The lacing is thorough, and lasts forever. The aroma is of cracker, cream, and is slighly nutty, but not vrey strong. The taste very enjoyable. Creamy, and slightly nutty with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a solid brew. (361 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished mahogany with generous garnet highlights that are created by bright morning sunshine pouring through my front window. The tremendous, cascading, golden ecru head has now settled down to a firm, three finger cap. I'm sure the 8.0% ABV is at least partially responsible for the disappointing amount of lace. A classic look.

The nose is dominated by roasted black malt. Dark chocolate is present as well, although it smells powdery and dry rather than sweet and rich. Faint coffee notes add additional interest. Unfortunately, there's just enough mustiness to keep me from loving the nose.

Lion Stout is much, much better on the palate. The flavor is multi-faceted, distinctive and just plain ol' good. My initial impressions are roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, light molasses and a hint of anise. There's something else present, something sweetly floral, that makes me think there's a secret ingredient. Some exotic jungle flower perhaps? It's probably just hops, but it's different and delicious.

Sweet and bitter work well together, from start to lingering end. The various flavors are well-integrated when beer hits taste buds, then fan out beautifully and allow one to savor each in turn if desired. The mouthfeel is initially no better than acceptable for the style, then develops a lightly silky smoothness as the beer warms. The ABV is as well-masked as possible, drinking much lower than 8.0%.

I imagine Lion Stout is the pride of Sri Lanka. It's an incredibly flavorful beer whose singular, exotic deliciousness impresses me to no end. In fact, it's one of the best foreign/export stouts (that are actually foreign) that I've ever had. (1,670 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Plenty of fine lacing was left behind as the foam subsided a bit. Malty aroma, with lots of chocolatey sweetness and light roasted coffee. Light bitterness with a strong sweetness. A bit of dark malt character, but not as much as I expected. It finishes a little acidic with just a hint of dry, grainy astringency. The carbonation is well integrated, with fine bubbles supporting the body somewhat. Not bad at all, though the flavour doesn't quite pull through like the aroma does. (524 characters)

Photo of stodbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep red coming through at the edges. Ok tan head at first, then dissipates to a slight film.

Aroma is dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste is hugely chocolatey up front giving way to a bit of coffee-like roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, a pretty good beer. (325 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout.

A: Black, with a touch of tan head.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Very refined, smooth roasty flavour. Doesn't have the burnt bitter flavour of a lot of stouts. Very well balanced (though perhaps it's less bitter than the style calls for?).

M: Moderate, almost chalky.

D: No harsh bite for the beginner, but enough flavour for the geek. The alcohol could certainly be trouble! (401 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed the next evening. Pours a four finger fluffy clingy cavernous caramel-brown colored head over a pitch black liquid. Smells of chocolate, sour black malt, toffee and caramel. Coffee roast only with searching. Tastes smooth silky milk chocolate that persists through and dries a touch in the finale. Soured black malt makes it's presence known in diametric oposition to the chocolate. Coffee modifies the sour and a toffee sweet keeps it from ruining the beer entirely. The aftertaste has a bit of alcohol sting rising up the back of the throat. Hop flavor is missing amid the mix of strong dark flavors...perhaps some cottony fuggles. Any hop bitter is buried beneath the sour and alcohol. Mouthfeel is only medium and carbonation is moderate. The overfoaming head hurts this beer's appearance. Near the end of the bottle, the alcohol became more prevalent in the aftertaste detracting from the drinkability. (964 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sinha Stout, 330mL bottle, B/B Apr 2005.

Appearance: Opaque black syrupy fluid with a tan head which almost looks rose-coloured. Close inspection with bright light shows moderate carbonation and mahogany colour.

Smell: Solvent alcohol, date, raisin, cocoa, maybe even stone fruit. Complex but still refreshing.

Taste: Smooth, chocolatey, bitter, very nice, but not particularly unusually good,

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy but quite interesting. Definitely creamy. As a result, drinkability is impressive. Although I wouldn't drink it all night, but it's a nice stout overall. (592 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be. (464 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Purchased at the Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a full 1 inch dirty white head. Average lacing.

Smell- All your basics. Chocolate, espresso and dark malts. Nothing really spectacular, but still a good whiff.

Taste- Mirrors the are the scents. I think mostly some dark sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malts were mild.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation for a stout and definitely creamy.

Drinkability- A fine stout. Nothing out of this world, but still a very good one worth trying. Heck for $1.75 it's worth buying a few. (657 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle: poured a pitch black with a gorgeous mocha puffy cap. Moderate carbonation for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose recalls coffee, dried fruits, toasted caramel sweetness and grassy hops. Full bodied, rich, and silky mouth feel. What a wonderful mix of flavors..all very mellow and not sharp or over bearing: cocoa, chickory, dates, musty apple, slightly charred toast...all kept in balance with lashings of lemon grass acidity from the hops and a soft drying charred finish that is totally in balance with sweet caramel tones...the finish is the mellowest, evenly balanced I have ever tasted in a stout...this is a world class stout and probably the best foreign stout available in bottles. Smooth, well rounded and very drinkable for a stout. (753 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours black and has a one inch tan head that is frothy and laces well.

The aroma is of chocolate, alcohol and has traces of roasted barley.

As for flavor, chocolate is the main character here. Alcohol is also a presence in the finish of this brew.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light for such a strong beer, but still falls in the medium bodied category. It’s mildly carbonated and goes down smooth.

I can definitely see another in the future, just not tonight. The drinkability is hindered by its ABV (for me at least). (544 characters)

Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle without the gold foil on neck that displays a white dot matrix printed best by date of Feb. 2005. Pours jet black with ruby glint held to a summer's setting sun. A fist of stiff dense tan head slowly recedes and laces the sides of a Stone Old Guardian Rastal.

Aromas of dark chocolate, prunes and burnt sugar and hints of burnt barley and dark caramel.

Flavors of light roastfully coffee mocha, raisin and bitter chocolate. Roasted grain, hops and high ABV dry the clean burnt finish. Excellent drinkability.

Amazing story of the brewery can be found on Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter site where he recounts his "most unusual beer hunting trip" I always cite a visit to Sri Lanka, in 1986.
http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-001402.html

Recently the Colombo brewery shut down to brew water the next day after the Tsunami hit the area. The origional brewery is in the mountains near the holy city of Kandy. 75% of Lion Brewery Limited sales are for this stout. Two other brewerys in Sri Lanka also produce stouts.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8508/15048/

McCallum Brewery, also of Colombo, has two BA reviews presently. I do not know the third Sri Lankan brewer.

This beer come highly reccomended! An amazing joy to drink! (1,276 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330ml - 11.50 fl.oz. - 0.58 Pint - standard looking brown glass bottle that looks rather funky and a tad trendy with its rhomboid neck and main labels. Black crown cap has a colorful picture of a lions heads, as does the main label above the words ‘LION Stout Imported Alc. 8% By Vol.’

Appearance: Thick dark brown body with a heavy dose of ruby in the backlit flashes that form at the edges of my Pint glass. Cocoa brown head sits nice and even on the surface and leaves a little lacing as the rink slowly works its way down the libation vessel. Finely dissolved carbonation supports the head throughout and wit vigor when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly sweet malts mix with a caramel laden molasses. Coffee tinted cum roasted body which is backed by dark chocolates. Some hops in the back end.

Taste: This is a very “soft and gentle” yet big roasted malty Stout with some Cocoa powder and a light hint of milk chocolate in the back end with a smidgeon of freshly brewed black coffee which has just been impacted by a small amount of fresh cream. After a few small mouthfuls a nicely rounded bitterness develops in the finish and mixes well with the roasted chocolate lingering ending. Damn tasty stuff and as slick Teflon®.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and exceptionally creamy in the mouth; it withstands a gentle swirl around the tongue with ease, quite robust and hearty, yet with an attractive lightness thanks to the finely attenuated conditioning. Helps to accommodate the 8% ABV all too easily.

Drinkability: I tried this once back in England many moons ago as a Student and I don’t recall it being this drinkable, it had a more acidic bite to it then, either that or my tastes have changed. This bottle was very soft and incredibly palatable. It didn’t last long!!

Overall: Heard a lot about this one, for whatever reason it seems to have rather the cult following. That is usually a sign of image over substance, but this really is not that bad actually, I’m almost torn to admit that I really quite like it, not sure why, but for $1.69 it ain’t all that bad. (2,100 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deoop brown, almost opaque color with slight off-white head. The smeel is absolutely fantastic, a mixture of roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit, and prunes. I don't think I have ever experienced this complex a smell. Taste is dry and bitter, with roasted grains and chocolate at the top. Mouth feel is a slightly bitter. An excellent beer. (370 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the Foodery in May. WIll compare to that now coming i to Toronto. Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice. Second bottle a few days later. (380 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black, some dark red shows at the edges, big tan head, some lace. Smells like bitter roast, grass, some skunkiness is detectable? Wow, coffee and cream, little yeasty and sour, pretty roast. How the hell is this beer so smooth? The 8% doesn't show at all, insanely smooth and creamy, very slick mouthfeel. Excellent. (329 characters)

Photo of nrrd
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a little thick head, very little carbonation.

Smells sweet with a touch of coffee, not perticularly strong. Taste is dark chocolate and slightly burnt cofee, malty, bitter, but very pleasent and drinkable, especially as it warms up. Finish is a tad sweeter.

Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout. (332 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.